It only seemed appropriate that our focus this week should be with of our friends currently attending the 25th Annual Z Car Convention in Phoenix, Arizona…and where better to start than with John Morton’s legendary left-coast racer, the #46 ’72 Brock Racing Enterprises Datsun 240Z.
The S30 Z-cars were very successful in racing throughout the 1970s; Bob Sharp Racing dominated the import racing scene on the east coast with Paul Newman as one of his drivers and Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) dominated the west with driver John Morton driving a Datsun 510 and 240Z (#46). Other drivers, such as Clearwater Florida (and later Maryland) racer Don Kearney had great success with the Z car between 1970 and 1978 also. It is no small part to due to these early racing successes that the Z is widely credited as the catalyst for the import performance parts industry in the United States. Nissan also supported and was associated with Bob Bondurant’s race driving school from its inception.